The Stuff of Family Life : How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives, written by Michelle Janning is all about the sociology of how we live our everyday lives and what little things actually mean.
Okay, so this can be confusing, the way I explained it, but ever think about how you bring your cell phone to the dinner table or how you will send an e-card or invitation instead of sitting down and filling out the little cards for each child in your kid’s class? These are the little things that Janning examines the small things that we surround ourselves with.
It’s interesting how our lives (work and home) intermingle more than ever. We leave the office and get a call from a co-worker or boss. We take the call because it is expected. Before cell phones and internet access were everywhere, we wouldn’t have been home to answer the calls. But now, we are always on call, whether it’s true or not.
Janning goes over so many different aspects of the lives she’s studied. She says that she doesn’t use large national data sets in order to illustrate family life. She’s a social scientist that asks people about their belongings and the stories that go along with them. She then draws conclusions from all the data that she receives.
For more information, check out The Stuff of Family Life by Michelle Janning.